EducationUSA Advising Caravan Promotes Post-Secondary Education to High Academic Achievers Nationwide

Embassy Banjul’s Public Diplomacy section organized a week-long education advising caravan from July 16-20 to promote EducationUSA to members of our PD-funded Competitive College Clubs (CCC) across Gambia’s rural regions.  The A/PAO and Cultural Assistant/EducationUSA Advisor traveled to Farafenni Senior Secondary School; Armitage, an historic Senior Secondary School in Janjangbureh; Nasir Ahmadiyya Senior Secondary School in Basse; Tahir Ahmadiyya Senior Secondary School in Mansa Konko;  Sibanor Senior Secondary School; and even to the remotest point – the Fatoto Senior Secondary School in Gambia’s far east!  The PD team conducted interactive sessions at each school that underscored the significance of post-secondary education and shed light on higher education and the college admission process in the U.S.  Reaching more than 130 of the nation’s top students, the caravan, organized for the third consecutive year, is a key part of our education advising strategy.  This CCC initiative allows academically gifted but economically challenged rural students to develop high academic goals and to aim for a post-secondary education.  At each school the A/PAO shared with school administrators PD’s plans to incorporate civic education concepts into CCC programming in FY 19, and they responded positively to that idea for developing responsible and committed citizens.  The PD team also presented each school with a box of reference material for their education resource centers, 30 EducationUSA T-shirts for the CCC members, and five soccer balls.  In a productive partnership, Peace Corps volunteers throughout the country act as advocates of our EducationUSA efforts and as resources for students curious about studying in the U.S.